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Blue Skies Over the Rivers of America

by Matthew Cooper
Blue Skies Over the Rivers of America

This shot of the Rivers of America is one of those classic shots that nearly everyone has. It’s a really easy shot and everyone passes by and tends to get this shot. What I really liked about this result was just how blue the sky was and the clouds add a nice dynamic to the scene. I think the red of Harper’s Mill contrasts really well against the deeper blues in the shot. Having the Liberty Belle docked really helps balance and finish off the shot.

Shooting & Editing Blue Skies Over the Rivers of America

This was shot with the Nikon D810 and Sigma 24 1.4 ART. I rented the Sigma for this most recent trip and I really love the 24mm focal length for walking around Disney. Thus I kept it on my camera a lot during the day to give it a thorough work out and rarely felt I needed to swap it out just walking around. Editing on this shot was very simple. I applied a levels adjustment along with Nik Color Efex Pro Contrast followed by a very small color balance adjustment and bump in the saturation. I added a light Orton Effect in the sky and water and then sharpened for my final result.

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